LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 8 November 2010 — CSAB Inc., the lead society within ABET Inc., for accreditation of programs in computer science, information systems, software engineering, and information technology, has named Elizabeth Unger, PhD., and Patrick Walsh, PhD., Fellows of the organization. CSAB Fellows are honored for their outstanding contributions to the computing profession and to computing education.
Unger is a professor of Computing and Information Sciences at Kansas State University and serves on the Executive Committee of the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Progress of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Since she began her career in computing in 1958, Unger has worked for IBM and held several administrative positions in academe, including director of computing, associate dean, dean, and vice provost for academic services and technology.
She was among the first program evaluators to serve CSAB in the early 1980s and was chair of CSAB’s Computing Science Accreditation Commission from 1999 to 2001 when the commission merged with ABET. Unger served on the CSAB Board of Directors representing the IEEE Computer Society from 2005 to 2009.
Walsh retired from IBM in spring 2010 following 40 years in information systems and telecommunications, including 10 years as the senior information systems manager at IBM manufacturing and development sites, eight years as a project executive for major outsourcing contracts, and two years as a project executive in the United Kingdom.
Walsh has been involved in accreditation activities since 1986. He is CSAB’s current past president and has served as the Chair of the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. He has also been an adjunct professor with emphasis on topics in management information systems, database, and software reliability.
CSAB Inc., a federation of the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society, serves as a participating body of ABET Inc., with three members on the ABET Board of Directors. CSAB is the lead society within ABET for accreditation of programs in computer science, information systems, software engineering, and information technology, and is a cooperating society for accreditation of computer engineering, biological engineering, and information engineering technology. In this capacity, CSAB has responsibility for the development of accreditation criteria and for the selection and training of program evaluators.